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In this WordPress video tutorial we will learn how to use WordPress Widgets, a very powerful and useful WordPress feature that can greatly enhance your site. We’ll show how to use, save, and customize WordPress widgets.

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Hello and welcome to LifeGuard. In this video, we’re going to show you how to use Widgets. You can access Widgets by clicking on the “Widgets” link in the sidebar under the “Appearance” menu.

Widgets are a great way to add to add a wide variety of content, features, functions, and more to your site. There’s no limit to what a widget can do. You will be hard pressed to find a WordPress theme that does not support widgets.

WordPress has a variety of pre-built widgets and plugins and sometimes even themes can add their own widgets. Adding a widget to your site is easy. In the center of your screen, you’ll see a list of the widgets that are available to you. On the right, you will see a list of all the widget areas that you can take advantage of.

Let’s say we want to add some text to the Header widget area. First, expand the widget area on the right, like we have here. Then, we’ll drag the Text widget into the Header widget area. You can expand this to edit it. We’ll put in some sample text, and click “Save”. If you want to remove a widget, simply drag it off of the widget area and it will be deleted. If you want to preserve the settings for later use, you can place the widget into the Inactive Widgets area. Let’s create another Text widget and this time, we’ll place it in the Inactive Widgets area to save the data. You’ll notice that when we place it back into the Header widget area, the settings have been rpeserved.

Let’s take a look at each of the widget and what they can be used for. Archives displays a list of links to each monthly archive. Calendar displays a calendar with links to individual days and the posts that were posted on that day. Categories displays all categories in a list. Custom Menu is only available if the theme has Custom Menus enabled. It allows you to insert custom menus
which we’ll talk about more in our next video. Links simply outputs whatever you have listed in your Links. Meta displays a login box. We recommend against using this unless you have a website with open signup. If you don’t, it’s best to navigate to /wp-admin instead. Pages will display a list of all of your pages. Recent Comments displays the latest comments made on your blog. Usually the most 5 recent, but you can adjust this number. Recent Posts displays the latest posts on your blog. By default it’s the most recent 5, but you can adjust this number as well. RSS can be used to display entries from external feeds. Just enter the URL, title, and then set the number of items to display. Search will insert a search box in whatever area you place it. Tag Cloud displays a list of your most used tags. You can also set it to ‘Categories’. And, of course, Text, as we showed earlier, is used to add arbitrary text.

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